Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, NABVETS Region I Commander

Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, NABVETS Region I Commander

It is my most humble responsibility to inform you that Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, our Region I Commander, NABVETS, Inc., passed quietly on Monday, May 29, 2017.

Viewing of Nate will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1600 – 1900 hours (4 – 7 PM), at the San Diego Funeral Service, 6334 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2017, beginning at 10:00 AM the final viewing of Master Chief Othan “Nate” Mondy, USN (Ret.), NABVETS, Inc., Region I Commander will commence prior to Formal Funeral Service beginning at 11:00 AM at the Linda Vista Second Baptist Church, 2706 Korink Ave, San Diego, CA 92111.

Service starts at 1330 hours (1:30 PM) at MIRAMAR NATIONAL CEMETERY, SAN DIEGO, CA, Telephone: (858) 658-7360.

The Repass for Master Chief Mondy will be held at the Tubman Chavez Center, commencing at 1400 – 1700 hours (2 – 5 PM),  415 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114, including the military salutation, civilian and most astounding veterans advocacy in recognition of esprit de corps.

Bobby L. Myles, Funeral Arranger – If you have any questions, or need additional information or help, feel free to email him at or call him any time @ 619 280 0101.  Proudly serving those who served and their families.

Commander Kornegay
“There is Power in Unity”

The Sergeant Major Of The Army’s Top Ten Rules For Noncommissioned Officers

Can we “adopt” these rules in our everyday lives overseeing NABVETS in whatever position we may have?

The Sergeant Major Of The Army’s Top Ten Rules For Noncommissioned Officers

June 2, 2017 by Scott Faith – Posted in The Havoc Journal

Sergeant Major of the Army Dailey offered some powerful guidance for the “backbone of the Army,” the noncommissioned officers’ corps.  In case you missed it the first time we posted it, here it is:

No. 1. Yelling doesn’t make you skinny. PT does.

If you’re not out there saluting the flag every morning at 6:30, you can automatically assume your soldiers are not. Soldiers don’t care if you’re in first place. They just want to see you out there. This is a team sport.

PT might not be the most important thing you do that day, but it is the most important thing you do every day in the United States Army. The bottom line is, wars are won between 6:30 [am] and 9 [am].

No. 2. Think about what you’re going to say before you say it.

I’ve never regretted taking the distinct opportunity to keep my mouth shut.

You’re the sergeant major. People are going to listen to you.

By all means, if you have something important or something informative to add to the discussion, then say it. But don’t just talk so people can hear you. For goodness sake, you’re embarrassing the rest of us. Sit down and listen. Sometimes you might just learn something.

No. 3. If you find yourself having to remind everyone all of the time that you’re the sergeant major and you’re in charge, you’re probably not.

That one’s pretty self-explanatory.

No. 4. You have to work very hard at being more informed and less emotional.

Sergeants major, I’ll put it in simple terms: Nobody likes a dumb loudmouth. They don’t.

Take the time to do the research. Learn how to be brief. Listen to people, and give everyone the time of day. Everyone makes mistakes, even sergeants major, and you will make less of them if you have time to be more informed.

No. 5. If you can’t have fun every day, then you need to go home.

You are the morale officer. You don’t have to be everyone’s friend, but you do have to be positive all the time. The sergeant major is the one everyone looks to when it’s cold, when it’s hot, when it’s raining, or things are just going south. Your job is to keep the unit together. That’s why you’re there. The first place they will look when things go bad is you, and they will watch your reaction.

No. 6. Don’t be the feared leader. It doesn’t work.

If soldiers run the other way when you show up, that’s absolutely not cool.

Most leaders who yell all the time, they’re in fact hiding behind their inability to effectively lead.

Soldiers and leaders should be seeking you, looking for your guidance, asking you to be their mentors on their Army career track, not posting jokes about you on the ‘Dufflebag blog’. That’s not cool. Funny, but it’s not cool.

No. 7. Don’t do anything — and I mean anything — negative over email.

You have to call them. Go see them in person. Email’s just a tool. It’s not a substitute for leadership. It’s also permanent.

You’ve all heard it. Once you hit ‘send,’ it’s official, and you can never bring it back. Automatically assume that whatever you write on email will be on the cover of the Army Times and all over Facebook by the end of the week. Trust me, I know this personally.

No. 8. It’s OK to be nervous. All of us are.

This happens to be my favorite. It came from my mother. My mom always used to tell me that if you’re not nervous on the first day of school, then you’re either not telling the truth, you either don’t care, or you’re just plain stupid. [Being nervous] makes you try harder. That’s what makes you care more.  Once that feeling is gone, once you feel like you have everything figured out, it’s time to go home, because the care stops.  Don’t do this alone. You need a battle buddy. You need someone you can call, a mentor you can confide in. Don’t make the same mistakes someone else has made. Those are the dumb mistakes. Don’t do this alone.

No. 9. If your own justification for being an expert in everything you do is your 28 years of military experience, then it’s time to fill out your 4187 [form requesting personnel action] and end your military experience.

Not everything gets better with age, sergeants major. You have to work at it every day. Remember, you are the walking textbook. You are the information portal. Take the time to keep yourself relevant.

No. 10. Never forget that you’re just a soldier.

That’s all you are. No better than any other, but just one of them.

You may get paid a little more, but when the time comes, your job is to treat them all fair, take care of them as if they were your own children, and expect no more from them of that of which you expect from yourself.

NABVETS Announces Civil War Book Partnership

The National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) is pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize winner Melvin Claxton and the family of his late co-author Mark Puls have agreed to donate to NABVETS 100% of the 2016 royalties from the e-book version of “Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War.” In Uncommon Valor, Claxton and awarding-winning historian Mark Puls tell the story of African American farmers, laborers, and tradesmen who were willing to sacrifice their lives to end slavery, and win respect for their race at a time when much of America shunned them.

Claxton called the donation a small down payment on the great debt owed black soldiers who have risked all for the freedom of their fellow countrymen from the inception of America.

The Uncommon Valor e-book is currently on sale for $9.99 at the following links:  and

VA Eliminates Net Worth as Health Care Eligibility Factor


Elimination of Net Worth Makes More Veterans Eligible for Health Care

Veterans Department Seal RGB~~ The Department of Veterans Affairs is updating the way it determines eligibility for VA health care, a change that will result in more Veterans having access to the health care benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

Effective 2015, VA eliminated the use of net worth as a determining factor for both health care programs and co-payment responsibilities.  This change makes VA health care benefits more accessible Read more

NABVETS for Justice: Chapters starting and growing in some of America’s most segregated cities



Some people wonder why the “Nabvets- National Association for Black Veterans” was created in Milwaukee Wisconsin back in 1969. Well, it turns out that Milwaukee is one of America’s most segregated cities – it was then and it is now. And the consequences of Milwaukee’s form of Apartheid is seen in Wisconsin’s high incarceration of Black men (the highest percentage in the country), the joblessness of Black men (leads the country), and infant mortality (leads the country and is comparable to sub-Sahara African). To fight back, Black Veterans united under the tent of NABVETS. Today, 108 Chapters later, NABVETS is going strong.  And, no matter the racial hotbed – Milwaukee, Benton Harbor, Cleveland, Little Rock….NABVETS continues to make an impact in cities across America.


Over 100 Veterans Received Assistance with Their Claims

(Fayetteville NC): NABVETS congratulates the Region VIII Commander, Richard D. Kingsberry and the Command Council members for a well-attended Region VIII Quarterly Conference.

On October 25, 2014, NABVETS Region VIII held its Quarterly Conference in Fayetteville North Carolina. Region VIII includes the states of Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington D.C and West Virginia.

Regional Quarterly meetings are critical and important venues for developing and implementing strategies to grow chapters, recognize and define leadership and build trust and camaraderie among the Regional Command Councils.

National Commander Kornegay says that the Conference “was attended and one that will be remembered in Fayetteville for years to come, by member’s and other veterans from across the State.”

Director Cheryl Rawls the VA Regional Director at Winston Salem, NC was a special guest speaker and gave a stirring and energetic speech on the status of claims in her VA Region.   She also provided valuable information on how Veterans and VSO’s can assist in the processing of the Veterans’ claims.  Director Rawls specifically recommended that NABVETS Claims VSOs use the Fully Developed Claim (FDC) to file claims as the FDC has a priority within the VA and, consequently, will likely provide veterans with a quicker decision on their claim.

Director Rawls also brought several veteran service representatives; who proceeded to process claims, on the spot, for over one hundred veterans.

Ronald McDaniel was also a guest speaker. He is from the Fayetteville Vet Center and spoke on the History of the Vet center, why it was established, and why combat veterans, active duty soldiers and their families should use the Vet Center’s in their communities.

NABVETS greatly appreciates both Director Rawls and Mr. McDaniels for speaking at the conference.

And, in the tradition of a Region VIII Quarterly Meeting, a delicious southern feast – that included barbeque (vinegar) based, baked chicken, barbeque baby back ribs and the trimmings – was enjoyed by all.

Some Commander’s from Region VIII received certificates of appreciation from the National Commander and some members received their Silver-Life Time Certificates.

According to National Commander Kornegay, he greatly “appreciates all that [NABVETS members} do, and [he is] confident that if we commit ourselves to NABVETS, this organization will grow and be the best veteran service organization in the country.”

“There Is Power in Unity”



FACT: Veterans who develop prostate cancer and were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service do not have to prove a connection between their prostate cancer and service to be eligible to receive VA health care and disability compensation.

Prostate cancer is cancer of the prostate, a small gland in the male reproductive system. Some men may have urinary problems, but some men don’t have symptoms early on. If you have any health concerns, talk with your health care provider. The greatest risk factor for prostate cancer is increasing age. Other risk factors include having a father or brother with the disease and being African American. Prostate cancer is often first detected with a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test or digital rectal exam. Talk with your health care provider about your risk and the pros and cons of screening.

To learn more about your rights as a veteran and to learn more about treatment, visit a local Veterans Administration medical facility or call the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) at 1-877-NABVETS or email at VA Benefits Available to veterans and their family members:

  • Veterans with prostate cancer who were exposed to herbicides during service may be eligible for disability compensation and health care. Veterans who served in Vietnam, the Korean demilitarized zone or another area where Agent Orange was sprayed may be eligible for a free Agent Orange registry health exam.
  • Surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents of Veterans who were exposed to herbicides during military service and died as the result of prostate cancer may be eligible for survivors’ benefits.

A 2013 study conducted at the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University found that Veterans exposed to Agent Orange are not only at higher risk for prostate cancer, but they are more likely to have aggressive forms of the disease.

Read the abstract for the publication, Agent Orange as a risk factor for high-grade prostate cancer.  View more research on health effects of Agent Orange. – See more at:


Every now and then, there are men and women who so dedicate themselves to a cause that their lives become the very filament that defines that cause. In the case of NABVETS, the sweat and dedication of William Sims is the fiber upon which the expanding matter of NABVETS is built. In fact, there is no ground or air or space in the house of NABVETS where Mr. Sims has not stepped, slept, cleaned, prayed, smiled or cried. And in mutual accord, where only the magnificent mountains and the expansive sky dwell in comparison, Mr. Sims is surrounded by NABVETS and NABVETS is surrounded by Mr. Sims.

Mr. William Sims is a Founder of the Interested Veterans of the Central City (IVOCC), the precursor organization to NABVETS. Milwaukee is, of course, where Mr. Sims and other veterans legally incorporated IVOCC back in 1969. But, for Mr. Sims, the “founding” of IVOCC occurred not in the racist hot zone of Milwaukee but, rather, in the dangerous and forbidden black jungles of Vietnam. There, amid the toxic clouds of war, existed no unemployment, housing discrimination or income disparity. There was only widespread desperation, unimaginable fear, bloodshot hatred, equal access to suffering and fox holes – with everyone and everything in them. There, where suffering was so constant and normal, a young soldier could easily forget just how oppressed he was in the debilitating experience of Milwaukee’s urban ghetto; until, that is, he returned.

Mr. Sims, who had survived death more than once, came back to a Milwaukee African American community that was dying or, at least, badly hemorrhaging. The manufacturing jobs were leaving the city, taking with them the tax base and the middle class; and leaving in its wake joblessness and despair. In Vietnam, Mr. Sims was a Point Man for his unit, keeping them out of the path of danger and protecting them when danger was exposed. In Milwaukee, there was no Point Man for the African American community; it was getting hit from all sides and casualties were mounting. It is in this environment that Mr. Sims and six other Vietnam veterans dug themselves a proverbial fox hole from which to launch a counter-attack against urban blight, poverty and despair – they called this counter-attack, the IVOCC.

There is nothing simple about Mr. Sims: Before going off to war he was an artist and while a soldier he became an expert marksman, a Point Man and an ambush specialist; while in combat he wrecked great havoc and destruction upon the enemy but in peace he has been a creator of institutions that empower communities and given hope to many. And, yet, he remains humble: When recalling his time in Vietnam, Mr. Sims says that “I am here for a reason…God has a reason for me to be here…I’ve always felt that way.”

In 1973, Mr. Sims was standing at 14th and Atkinson talking with Mr. Robert Cocroft and Mr. Thomas Wynn (two other NABVET legends) about plans to convert the IVOCC into the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS). Mr. Sims recalls that as the three men spoke about the possibilities, he began to cry and cry, and cry…like a baby. He said he could not stop crying because he was overwhelmed at what NABVETS would mean to so many Black Veterans. He told Mr. Cocroft and Mr. Wynn that he would “dedicate the rest of his life” to building NABVETS and promoting its mission; and for the past 40 years he has done just that, with every fiber of his soul.

In addition to being a Founder of IVOCC and NABVETS, Mr. Sims is also a Founder of the Center for Veterans Issues, Inc. and the Eclipse Magazine.  And he is not done yet: Mr. Sims recently started a web-based radio station, called the “Eclipse Radio”; he’s working to develop a NABVETS Community Development Credit Union; he recently completed an aquaponics project; and he is working on acquiring a building in Milwaukee to be the “Global Headquarters of NABVETS.”   Between the Bingo games he organizes, you can usually find Mr. Sims at Vets Place Central eating his famous fried chicken with men and women veterans who may have been, not to long before the feast, homeless.

NABVETS salutes Mr. William Sims and his determined resolve, dedication and spirit for being a Champion for the rights of Black Veterans.


NABVETS is proud to announce that the NABVETS Delaware Chapter has been selected to receive an award at the NAACP – Wilmington Chapter 50th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet. The award is bestowed on those individuals and groups that work around the clock to bring hope, justice and peace to the community. The NABVETS Delaware Chapter is being recognized for its mission to advocate and assist Black, other minority and homeless veterans.

The Delaware Chapter is a prime example of NABVETS leadership in action. Led by Chapter Commander Nolan Lewis, the Delaware Chapter has given Black Veterans in Wilmington a voice in their community through its programs and partnerships, including; Stand Down, job referrals and job fairs, honoring of WWII veterans, the Adopt-A-Family program, and Operation Gratitude.

Again, NABVETS congratulates the Delaware Chapter in Wilmington for its accomplishments and thanks all of its members for their dedication to the Mission of NABVETS.

To learn more about NABVETS, visit our website at
The event is on Sunday November 2, 2014 at the Downtown Doubletree, 8th and King St, Wilmington DE. Social hour begins at 4 and program at 5.

To obtain contact information for the Delaware Chapter, click here.

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